A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jonathan Speight

Whether you are based in Dudley or anywhere else in the UK, our experienced personal injury lawyers are able to manage your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a local medical centre.

Do I have a compensation claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and a third party was at fault, our panel of award-winning solicitors can assist you with a compensation claim.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Injury A claim must usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

Whether claiming for a road accident in Dudley, there are three key components to making a successful claim. It must be demonstrated that the person or company causing the injury owed you a duty of care, that this duty of care was breached, and this breach caused your illness or injury.

Calculate my compensation

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our injury calculator gives a realistic idea of the compensation you will receive for your injuries and financial losses.

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Work accident claims in Dudley

Worker injured in accident

We have handled claims for people, from carpenters to counsellors, to claim injury compensation. Accident data for the Sandwell local authority made available under legislation by the Government in the table below:

Work accidents in Sandwell Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electricity related220
Machinery related injury443440
Explosion related (e.g. Nitroglycerine)100
Fire related341
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. toluene)1353
Fall from height341837
Animal related (e.g. livestock)021
Lifting and handling injuries171102120
Physical assault253433
Slip, trip or fall182170133
Struck against242221
Struck by moving vehicle111818
Hit by falling object1116091
Trapped underneath something350

Further information: Work injury claim

Road traffic accident claims in Dudley

Cars involved in a road accident

Our panel of qualified road traffic accident (RTA) personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in achieving maximum awards for people who have been hurt in a car or motorbike crash in Dudley.

Accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Dudley are relatively commonplace with a total of 720 accidents (623 slight accidents, 88 serious accidents and 9 fatal accidents) in 2013 in Sandwell local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 910. Accidents in the Dudley region in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A459 and A461 roundabout and on the dual carriageway of the A4123 and A4037 crossroads.

Further information: Road accident compensation

Other claims we handle

Medical negligence in Dudley

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when a person sustains an injury or illness due to a registrar, nurse or other health worker's carelessness. Our expert solicitor panel can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

You could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you just want closure instead of claiming compensation. To go through the NHS complaints procedure against Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, for example, you can contact Trust Headquarters, Trafalgar House, 47-49 King Street, Dudley, West Midlands.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation

Slip and trip accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) figures show that employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work in West Midlands. Slips, trips and falls are typically the precursor to accidents attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by an object falling from a machine or a river drowning accident. Public place legal claims for injuries like fractured vertebrae suffered on slippery pavements are also quite prevalent with recent kerb stone trips having occurred on Tividale Rd and on City Rd.

Serious injury

The effect of serious injury is acknowledged by Courts when calculating injury compensation. By limiting the financial pressure severe injury puts on an injured claimant and their dependants, compensation enables people to focus on their recovery.

Our panel of expert solicitors have helped people collect compensation for many chronic conditions and catastrophic injuries. Injuries and medical conditions categorised as catastrophic or serious range from chemical poisoning to spinal cord damage.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation

Industrial disease

Legal advisors can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses ranging from radiation exposure to hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

Further information: Industrial disease compensation

Dudley No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that there will be no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. Our national network of no win, no fee solicitors cover Dudley and the whole of the UK.

For more information, see No win, no fee injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our national panel of solicitors help injured people with all types of claims in Dudley and have a wealth of experience in fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their specialist expertise and their track record in recovering compensation.

To meet more of our team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

How much experience do you have of winning claims in Dudley?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a nationwide panel of award winning solicitors that helps claimants in Dudley, West Midlands and across the UK, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

Our solicitors have helped 100's of claimants across the West Midlands get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents in the workplace to bike accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, our service is designed to be as convenient and stress-free as possible. Medical centres in every town in the UK, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, frees you to focus on your recovery and recuperation.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

Guidance for those seeking a lawyer

It can take months for most claims to conclude. Cases for very serious injury or illness can take longer. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but service levels can vary.

Your legal representative should be someone you are able to rely on throughout the claims process to offer legal guidance and practical advice.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for wrist injuries causing permanent pain and stiffness, for example, ranges from ?10,175 to ?19,800 (based on 2015 market data).

The key questions to put to your prospective solicitor are "what success fee and ATE premium do you charge?" and "how much of the compensation will I keep?".

Reviews for lawyers in Dudley

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a great resource to compare the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Will you need to go with a local Dudley lawyer ?

The whereabouts of the solicitors office is not so relevant as cases now tend to be managed by phone, post and email.

You will need to instruct a solicitors practice with national medical coverage as claimants will be expected to attend an independent medical examination.

Read about : Do you have a local medical centre?

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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